Friends Events

The next Dorchester Lecture will be on Thursday, 29th September 2017 by Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General of the National Trust
“What are the challenges facing the National Trust in the twenty-first century?”
The next Friends Outing will be in May 2018 and the destination has yet to be decided

Please watch this page for further details of our plans or contact our membership secretary, Honor Juniper, (01865 343228).

Past Dorchester Lectures

Year Speaker Topic
2016
2015
Sir Charles Pollard QPM
Professor Roger Ainsworth
“Tackling Crime in London and the Thames Valley”
‘Creative Partnerships –The Brunels, Father and Son’
2014 Prof Tony Travers “Afghanistan – strategy and tactics”
2013 Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles “Is Local Government Dying?”
2012 Robert Hardman “Our Queen, a thoroughly modern monarch”
2011 Lord Stern “Climate Change”
2010 Lord  Carlile “Morality and the Law.  National Security”
2009 Lord Winston “Medicine and Morality”
2008 Lord Bishop of London, Richard Chartres “The Use of Church Buildings in Contemporary Society”
2006 Baroness Julia Neuberger “The Moral State We’re In”
2005 Lord Hurd “Morality and Politics”

Friends Outings

There is an annual coach trip for The Friends on the second Monday in May.
It always includes a guided tour of a Cathedral or Abbey and usually includes some contact and social gathering with the Friends of the place we are visiting.
The tour is usually in the afternoon which leaves plenty of time for people to explore the town independently and there is occasionally a voluntary guided walk of the town or visit to another attraction.
Year Location
May 2016
May 2015
Llandaff Cathedral, South Wales
Malmesbury Abbey
May 2014 Tewkesbury Abbey and a visit to the ruins of Hailes Abbey.
May 2013 Chichester Cathedral
October 2012 Coventry Cathedral, which included a celebration of all the Art Treasures of the cathedral – their making and meaning.
May 2012 Bath, including Bath Abbey
May 2011 Westminster Abbey
May 2010 St George’s Chapel Windsor
November 2009 Christ Church Cathedral Oxford
May 2008 Ely Cathedral
May 2009 Winchester Cathedral
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